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Another super early start this morning as we joined the minion heading north west.  My friend Carol is an absolute saint!

Today we have a small window of opportunity to meet with Dr Anna Pawlikowska-Haddal, Pediatric Endocrinologist at UCLA Children’s Health Center who was curious to see the Metabolic Symphony Program resource and games and provide clinical feedback.

We spent a good deal of our brief time working through the mechanics of the Calibrate and Energy In Energy Out card games and I was totally thrilled when Dr Haddal very generously offered to check our Recommended Daily Intake (RDI or RDA) and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) data against the outcomes of some research she had done.  This is absolute gold for us and a strong indication of the perceived value of the resource as a potential teaching tool for clinicians.

Our encounter with Dr Haddal has also alerted us to the fact that the application of the resource and games in clinic, with children who have already been identified as being at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, will be a little different to the delivery of general prevention education in schools.

Carol and I debriefed the meeting over an omelette in the sunshine on Wiltshire Blvd. A quick pic and we were back on the road to Long Beach.

Jo and Carol at UCLA

Jo Giles and Carol Beckerman at UCLA

Once home I discovered with horror that I had left my laptop in Dr Haddal’s office!!  Noooooooo.  I am heading out of town tonight and not coming back!  But the Universe, in its quirky way, stepped up and, as we breathlessly explained our dilemma to Gina (Dr Haddal’s admin assistant) on the phone she picked up that we were based in Long Beach and her words ‘Oh, I live in Long Beach, perhaps I can drop it to you this evening’  brought a collective sigh.  Three cheers for Gina!

Carol and I are getting out of LA tonight – stopping for the night in Santa Barbara. We can’t wait to re-connect with all our dear HeSCA buddies in San Francisco tomorrow evening.  Good times ahead.